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CS Sfaxien conquer third Confederations Cup title in five years

remain undefeated at home since the inauguration of their new stadium, but Fakhreddine Ben Youssef’s late goal confirmed ’s victory in the 2013 CAF Confederations Cup title, their third in the last five years.

The crucible of the TP Mazembe Stadium in Lubumbashi is always an incredibly tough one for visiting teams. CS Sfaxien arrived in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a comfortable 2-0 advantage, but TP Mazembe were confident that they would be able to turn the result around in a ground they’ve never lost.

The Congolese started the match like a house on fire and with just 10 minutes on the clock, they took the lead when Cheibane Traoré tucked in a rebound, after Given Singuluma’s shot was saved by Rami Jridi. Sfaxien tried to respond, but Idrissa Kouyaté was denied by the 37-year-old Muteba Kidiaba.

Not long afterwards, Mazembe doubled their lead and equalized the tie when a well constructed play culminated in Mbwana Ali Samatta’s shot, which came off the underside of the cross-bar and bounced into the Tunisian goal. 25 minutes in and the Mazembe faithful were confident of a turn around.

In the second half, it was Mazembe again who threatned the most. Trésor Mputu had a shot go just over the bar, Solomon Asante attempt was saved at close-range by Jridi and Wassim Kammoun made a heroic clearance off the line, to prevent Mazembe’s 3rd.

Just when the match looked like it was heading to penalties, Sfaxien score. A very long throw-in glided across the box and at the far post was an unmarked Ben Youssef, who headed the ball past Kidiaba and gave the Tunisians the away goal that they much-needed, and with just two minutes remaining on the clock, it was very unlikely for Mazembe to score the two goals that they needed to win the tie.

The final result in Lubumbashi was 2-1 in favour of the home team, but the late goal gave CS Sfaxien their third CAF Confederations Cup title in the least five years, after winning it in 2007 and 2008.

The Tunisian side will face CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly for the 2014 CAF Super Cup.

Alexandre Queirós is a Portuguese sports enthusiast, with particular focus African, Portuguese and Oceanic football. He followed the exploits of the Egyptian players plying their trade in Portugal for and also covers the rest of African football for other websites. He also proudly sates that he has been on the BBC World Service radio, even though he only said one sentence.

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